Slot Machine Ate My Midlife Crisis
A Dead End in Vegas
Irene Woodbury is a
freelance writer based in Denver. Las Vegas was a favorite destination
for travel stories, but she always felt the city would be the perfect
setting for a novel. Four-and-a-half years and many visits
later, A SLOT MACHINE ATE MY MIDLIFE CRISIS was finished.
Irene Woodbury’s second novel, A DEAD END IN VEGAS, is a dark, probing
look at marriage, infidelity, revenge, and grief. Immersing herself in
drama and dysfunction for months on end was a challenge for this upbeat
author, whose first book, the humor novel A SLOT MACHINE ATE MY MIDLIFE
CRISIS, was published by SynergEbooks in 2011. At first glance, the two
novels seem quite different, but both deal with midlife confusion and
chaos, and the complexities and unpredictable nature of the human
heart. And both, of course, are partially set in Las Vegas, a city
Irene got to know well during her years as a travel writer. Between
2000 and 2005, her stories appeared in major newspapers in the U.S.,
Canada, and Europe.
who graduated from the University of Houston in 1993, lives in Denver
with her husband, Richard, a retired correspondent for Time Magazine
who edited both of her novels. The couple miss traveling, but, after
two novels, Irene insists there’s no greater journey than the one into
your own heart and mind.
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